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An Administrative Law Judge Denied My Social Security Disability Claim. What Do I Do Now?

If you’ve received a denial from the Social Security Administration after attending a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you can appeal the decision to the Social Security Appeals Council. You have 60 days from the date you receive the denial to ask the Appeals Council to review the ALJ’s decision. The appeals council will look at your claim, the hearing decision, and any additional evidence submitted with your appeal.

There are several ways you can request the Appeals Council to review your case. The first is available through the Social Security Administration website, at Follow the directions on the website to submit your appeal. Of course, if you are confused and need guidance, you should seek the assistance and counsel of an experienced social security disability attorney like those at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP.

stockfresh_3784774_male-judge-writing-on-paper_sizeM-300x200The second way you can request a review of the ALJ’s decision is by mailing in a Form HA-520 to the Appeals Council at the following address:

Appeals Council, SSA/OARO

5107 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA 22041-3255

If you need more time to submit additional evidence or to make a more thorough legal argument, you must ask for it within the 60-day deadline described above. Social Security Disability rules can be confusing, but an experienced Social Security Disability attorney can examine your case and help identify any legal issues that may help the Appeals Council identify areas where the ALJ made a mistake in denying your claim.

The third way you can request a review of your denial is to visit your local Social Security office or hearing office and fill out a request for a review form. You can find your local office by using Social Security’s Locator website, which you can find at

If your Social Security Disability claim was denied, if you have questions about appealing the denial or need help appealing the denial, please call one of our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP for help. You can call us at 800-533-6845, fill out an online contact form, or chat with us on our website.  We offer online and telephone appointments, and there is no fee to discuss your injury case.

Christian Connolly is a personal injury and social security disability lawyer at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP.  For more information about Christian please click here:

The information contained here is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. Each case is different, so not all information here, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson LLP does not guarantee that the outcome, results, or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is a North Carolina and South Carolina injury and disability law firm with offices in Asheville, Waynesville, Spruce Pine, Franklin and Rutherfordton, NC, and Greenville, Spartanburg and Gaffney, SC.

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